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Sandy Hook Parent Transformed Into Activist After Shooting

In December, six-year-old Benjamin Wheeler was among those killed in the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since then, his father, David Wheeler has met with officials in Washington, D.C., urging tighter controls to rein in gun violence. He speaks with Melissa Block about his views on the legislative process and what his path forward is from here.
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Two Nominations Round Out Obama's Second-Term Cabinet

President Obama rounded out his cabinet on Thursday by naming Chicago benefactor Penny Pritzker as Commerce Secretary and White House aide Michael Froman as U.S. trade representative.
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When It Comes To Guns, How Young Is Too Young?

The shooting death of a 2-year-old girl by her 5-year-old brother has opened up another debate about gun control. It pits public health advocates — who see little benefit in mixing children and guns — against those who say early training can instill a sense of heritage and a respect for gun safety.
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Appeal To Restrict Morning After Pill Angers Obama Allies

The Obama Administration has officially appealed a federal judge's ruling that it remove all age restrictions on the most popular form of the morning-after pill. The action has once again driven a wedge between the Administration and women's health groups.
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Colorado Weighs Reopening Psychiatric Hospital For Homeless

Colorado's Democratic governor wants to move mentally ill homeless people to Fort Lyon, a former psychiatric hospital and prison in the southeast corner of the state. Critics say it would make more sense to rent apartments for the people in the neighborhoods where they are now.
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Can Salmon Farming Be Sustainable? Maybe, If You Head Inland

For years, salmon farming has gotten a bad rap from marine biologists, who say the fish grown in open-ocean net pens generate pollution, disease and parasites. But now, a few salmon farms have moved on land. From an environmental standpoint, some scientists say, that's "a huge step forward."
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Navy Launches Its First Drone Squadron

The squadron of both manned and unmanned helicopters will include Northrop Grumman's "Fire Scout" drone.
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Crunching The Numbers On Blacks' Views On Gays

When the veteran NBA player Jason Collins came out, an old narrative about black antigay sentiment was resurrected. But is it true?

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